20 January

The "LuxLeaks scandal", which refers to tax dodging on a grand scale apparently facilitated by the government of Luxembourg, has forced the issue of tax justice up the European political agenda.

12 January

As we enter the New Year I am reminded of my mother’s Scotticism, ‘Lang may your lum reek’.  Technically this translates as, ‘Long may your chimney smoke’ but in reality it means, ‘I hope you can afford to keep warm’.  Given how fuel bills have risen year on year it is a saying more apt then ever

09 January

Along with my fellow Labour MEP Jude Kirton-Darling we are supporting the strike at Barbour.

23 December

It has been an eventful year for me.  Twelve months ago I was working for Christian Aid, a year later I am one of two Labour Members of the European Parliament (MEP) for the North East of England, along with Jude Kirton-Darling, and rather a lot happened in between.

10 December

Paul has the lead letter in today's Financial Times.  In the letter Paul sets out the significant role that forests and wood can play in helping tackle climate change - creating new jobs in the process.  Exciting opportunities!

Dear Letters Editor

01 December

The expression ‘poacher turned game keeper’ sprang to mind this week in the European Parliament as in meeting after meeting Jean-Claude Junker’s suitability for the top job in the European Union (EU) was discussed.

09 November

My first job after leaving Leeds University was for a charity with the somewhat unusual name of Toc H.  Unless you are over sixty my guess is you will never have heard of Toc H yet in the 1930s they were Britain’s largest charity, the King was their patron and they held their annual general meeti

15 October

This morning I spoke at a picket line in support of fair pay in the NHS. This is the first time the Royal College of Midwives has been on strike in its 133 year history - a clear sign that this Government is treating NHS staff unfairly.

08 September

The message on the desk in the North East office said, ‘Please ring Lord Davenport’ and there was written the number.  Unsure who Lord Davenport was I consulted the internet.  The search informed me that, ‘Lord Edward Davenport is one of Britain’s most flamboyant entrepreneurs, a businessman reno


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